Trusted Counsel for
Good Neighbors Since 1965

Practice Areas

Practice areas include permitting and development, commercial real estate law, environmental law, residential real estate, estate planning and probate administration, and business law.

Commercial real estate is the cornerstone of our practice. We provide strategic and dependable counsel for the largest and most complex retail, industrial, and residential developments in the area.

Meet The Attorneys

  • Philip H. Macchi

    Philip Macchi

    Managing Partner

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    Phil specializes in commercial real estate and development, land use, permitting, zoning, business law, and estate planning. He is adept at strategically navigating local permitting processes and bringing complex land use and development cases from concept to construction. He has a comprehensive knowledge of area properties and their history, local issues and development plans, and town rules and cultures. Known for his leadership and judgment, Phil’s background in both the military and the law provides him with a broad base of knowledge and problem-solving ability.


    United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA
    Master of Strategic Studies, 2015
    Boston College Law School, Newton, MA
    Juris Doctorem, 2000
    United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
    B.S. International Political Science, 1989

    Admitted to Practice

    Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    Supreme Court of the United States of America

    Additional Experience

    Rhode Island Army National Guard, Colonel, 2009-2019
    Massachusetts Army National Guard, Major, 1997-2009
    United States Army, Captain, 1989-1997 (Regular Army)

    Military Service

    Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq, 2018
    Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2002-2003, 2007-2008, 2013-2014
    Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Iraq, 1990-1991

  • W. Jay Lee

    W. Jay Lee

    Senior Counsel

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    Jay’s practice includes land use, permitting, zoning, commercial real estate and development, business law, and estate planning. He has come full circle in his legal career, having begun as a corporate attorney, then serving as a prosecutor and an Administrative Law Judge before joining Macchi & Macchi, LLC. With more than two decades of legal experience in both the public and private sectors, Jay provides his clients with a comprehensive perspective and solid judgment.


    Boston College Law School, Newton, MA
    Juris Doctorem, 2000
    Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
    Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1993
    Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
    International Division Certificate, 2012

    Admitted to Practice

    Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
    Supreme Court of California
    Court of Appeals of Maryland


    Associate Member, Zoning Board of Appeals,
    Carlisle, MA, 2020 – Present

    Additional Languages

    Korean (fluent)
    Japanese (competent)

    Previous Professional Experience

    Administrative Law Judge, State of California
    Deputy District Attorney IV, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Fresno, CA
    Litigation Associate, Crowe & Rogan, Santa Monica, CA
    Corporate Associate, Venable, LLP, Baltimore, MD
    Interpretation Officer, Fleet Command, ROK Navy, Republic of Korea


    Author, “Licensing”, Venable, LLP publication, “So You Want to Be on The Internet” (2001)
    Author, Paraphrased Regulations on Affordable Care Act (2014-2016)

  • Philip Macchi, Sr.

    Philip Macchi, Sr.

    Senior Partner

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    Phil Sr. founded the firm over 50 years ago, and his experience in the area’s commercial and residential development is unparalleled. He possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of state real estate law and local ordinances and can recite the history and status of nearly every parcel of land in the area. His meticulous approach, his persistence in solving complex problems, and his essential inquiry have earned him and the firm a reputation for consistent excellence.


    Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA, Juris Doctorem
    Boston University, Boston, MA, B.S. in Business Administration

    Admitted to Practice

    Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    Supreme Court of the United States of America


    Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Fellow and Life Member
    Martindale-Hubbel AV Rated

    Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, 2017

Who We Are

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Macchi & Macchi is defined by a group of attorneys with skills and experiences that set us apart from any other firm in the area. "What makes us different" can be summed up in three ways:

  1. Institutional Knowledge. Our three attorneys have a combined 75+ years of practice in Norfolk County. As a result, our institutional knowledge of all things Metrowest is comprehensive and second to none.
  2. Unique Culture. Our managing partner, Phil Macchi, a graduate of West Point, has 30+ years of military experience, which creates a culture for the Firm based on leadership, integrity, excellence, and grit. Moreover, his expertise in strategic planning and project management for the military has proven to be a tremendous asset to our clients.
  3. Diverse Backgrounds. Our attorneys have diverse and complimentary backgrounds that combine to provide clients with the expertise and results expected of a large downtown firm, but with the personal attention and approachability of your local attorney. We are as comfortable in a Fortune 50 boardroom as we are on a small manufacturer’s shop floor or in a homeowner’s living room.

What We Do

Commercial real estate — specifically permitting, land use, zoning, and development — is the cornerstone of our practice, and we provide trusted and strategic counsel for the largest and most complex industrial, retail, and residential developments in the area.

We also take pride in fostering the establishment and ongoing success of local small- and medium-sized businesses, and in providing guidance for individuals and families on their most personal legal matters.

Whether we are assisting an international Fortune 50 company with a $300 million-dollar facility expansion or assisting someone with the purchase of their first home, we provide each and every client with legal representation that is tailored to meet their exact needs.

How We Work

We pride ourselves on resolving matters correctly the first time.
Our methods are strategic, meticulous, and cost-effective.
Our communications are concise, straightforward, and respectful.
Our results are thorough, reliable, and robust.

Founded in 1965

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Philip Macchi, Sr. first hung his shingle in 1965 when Norwood was predominantly a factory town. Over the course of the past 50+ years, the area has grown and developed from its factory roots into the vibrant, mixed-use community it is today, and Macchi & Macchi has been intimately involved with that growth. Indeed, the Firm has played a role in nearly every major real estate development project in the area, shepherding each one through the intricate legal landscape from concept to grand opening and beyond. Although the neighborhood is now barely recognizable, the Firm is still located in the same brick and mortar building that Phil Sr.’s father (a local factory worker) built with his own hands. Phil Sr.’s capacity for complexity, his meticulousness, and his legal sophistication have established Macchi & Macchi as the pre-eminent commercial real estate firm in the area.

Growth into 2000’s

The younger Philip Macchi (Phil Sr.’s elder son) began working part-time at the Firm while still in law school, and he became a full partner in 2004. Phil has leveraged his knowledge of the local landscape, his legal acumen, his strategic insight, and his dedication to his community’s betterment to build on the foundation created by his father and to bring the Firm into the 21st century. Over the past two decades, Phil has cultivated a reputation for legal excellence that is well known throughout the community. At the same time, he is known as down to earth and approachable by clients, town officials, and opposing counsel alike.

Continuing Evolution

Macchi & Macchi is busier than ever and is currently expanding its staff and its operations to meet the evolving needs of its new and longstanding clients.

With its solid foundation and visionary perspective, Macchi & Macchi will continue to serve as a stalwart partner to its clients for decades to come.

Job Posting for Paralegal Assistant

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Position Description

Experienced, exacting, and congenial paralegal sought for a minimum of 31 hours per week in our friendly boutique law firm. This position works on site with both the Managing Partner and the Senior Counsel researching, organizing, and preparing various legal documents. The ideal candidate will possess strong paralegal skills and experience, and will also enjoy the camaraderie, consistent client contact, growth opportunities, and meaningful work offered by a well-established and expanding boutique firm.

Desired Experience

The ideal candidate will be experienced in paralegal work in roles supporting a Partner in Charge, Managing Partner, or similar positions. Specifically, the candidate should be experienced in traditional paralegal duties such as researching legal real estate matters on town/county/state websites, drafting all manner of legal documents, tracking the progress of ongoing matters, and preparing for and following up on client meetings.

Desired Skills

Since this position requires a great deal of direct client contact, the candidate should possess a professional and friendly demeanor; exceptional written and verbal skills; excellent organization and prioritization skills; accuracy with and fastidious attention to detail; and the ability to manage multiple concurrent projects. A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required; experience with a legal document management software platform preferred.

Firm Description

Macchi & Macchi, LLC is a well-established boutique firm that specializes in Zoning/Permitting, Land Use, and Commercial Real Estate as well as Trust & Estates and Probate. Our clients include several Fortune 100 companies as well as local businesses, organizations, and individuals. We are the oldest law firm in Norfolk County, and we take seriously our role in the ongoing growth and development of the community.

Professional and Amicable Workplace

The office itself is a spacious, well-maintained, stand-alone building, and we maintain excellent software systems, communications infrastructure, IT equipment, and technical support. We consciously cultivate a professional, inclusive, and friendly atmosphere in which everyone’s skillful contributions and our mutual support directly contribute to excellent work and client success. Our culture is one of quiet professionals; we are unwaveringly honest, intellectually curious, unpretentious, and straightforward, with a record of exceptional performance.

Hours and Compensation

This position requires a consistent, physical presence in our Norwood office. It is a non-exempt position that includes paid holidays and vacation time, which increase annually based on tenure. Compensation commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should contact the firm via e-mail at:, and should include a cover letter, current resume, and recent writing sample.

Job Posting for Mid-Level Associate

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Job Description

Mid-Level Work Experience

Our well-established boutique commercial real estate law firm has an immediate opening for an associate attorney with 8-15 years of experience. While experience related to commercial real estate and land use is most valued, we may consider candidates with a range of backgrounds. Experience in environmental law would be highly valued. At least five years’ admission to the Massachusetts Bar is required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Quiet Professional / Depth of Character:

The ideal candidate is as comfortable in a Fortune 100 board room as they are working with a local resident on a simple estate plan. The candidate should be unwaveringly honest, intellectually curious, unpretentious, and straightforward, with a record of exceptional performance. They should be comfortable with public speaking, and clients and co-workers should be confident that their word is their bond.

Professional and Amicable Workplace

Given the nature of our work, this position requires a consistent physical presence in the office. The office itself is a spacious, well-maintained, stand-alone building, and we maintain excellent software systems, communications infrastructure, IT equipment, and technical support. We consciously cultivate a professional, inclusive, and friendly atmosphere in which everyone’s skillful contributions and our mutual support directly contribute to excellent work and client success.

Significant Potential for Advancement

Our practice is growing significantly, and we hope that the person who fills this position will play an important role in the continued expansion and long-term continuity of the firm.

Firm Description

Well-Established Boutique

Macchi & Macchi, LLC is the oldest law firm in Norwood, and possibly the oldest in in Norfolk County, and we have been integral to most of the largest and/or most significant commercial real estate projects in the county over the past 50 years. We specialize in commercial real estate law, particularly land use and zoning; we also do permitting, environmental, commercial and residential real estate, trusts and estate planning, and business law. We are especially adept at guiding clients through complex projects from ideation through to completion.

Respected Character and Consistent Results

We are known for our integrity, intelligence, straightforwardness, attention to detail, and for being able to accomplish what others cannot; clients are often referred here when a case is too complex for others and requires significant strategic knowledge and/or experience with municipalities working on multidimensional matters. We have exacting standards and take pride in our collaborative process.

Mix of Prestige Clients and Local Clients

Our primary clients include Fortune 100 companies in industries such as retail, health care, manufacturing, and restaurants; our largest projects involve complex land use issues. Other clients include local businesses and some individuals. Our matters range greatly in size, complexity, and duration.

To Apply


Please submit a resume, cover letter, and recent writing sample to


Please address cover letters to: Phil Macchi, Managing Partner, Macchi & Macchi, LLC, Forum Building, 1256 Washington Street, Norwood, MA 02062.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (781) 762-1700

  • Fax: (781) 769-1717

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  • Macchi & Macchi, LLC
    Forum Building
    1256 Washington Street
    Norwood, MA 02062

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